Wednesday, August 24, 2016

WHAT'S THE BIG IDEA?


This one is an example of a game I enjoy playing. Take a plain, ordinary scene and try to find the seed of a fun painting idea in it. Then, do everything I can think of in a painting to give dramatic emphasis to that one thing_"the seed".  This is actually the guiding objective in any of my paintings.  The difference here is the humble source.  Not much to really stop for.  It's fun, and a great exercise.  

Ask yourself, "What's the big idea?" What is it you want to bring out?  Do everything you can in the planning and execution of your painting to make stunningly clear. 

Having one simple idea of what you're trying to emphasize in your painting is a great way to give your painting impact.  Let the 'one thing' govern all your decisions about what you want to do in your painting. 

SUNSTRUCK
©Jimmy Longacre 2016
16x20 oil on canvas panel

Jimmy Longacre
subjective realist landscape paintings

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MY BLOG: Paintbox & Easel

GALLERY LINKS
Fredericksburg Art Gallery Fredericksburg TX
Mustang Island Art Gallery Port Aransas TX
Capital Fine Art Gallery Austin TX



Friday, August 19, 2016

COME PAINT TAOS WITH ME!

WORKSHOP ALERT: Two spots just opened up for my TAOS WORKSHOP in September! 
I hope you will join us in painter's paradise.  This workshop is for those interested in building solid plein air painting skills.  We'll be focusing on seeing "the big picture", subject selection, design, notan, values simplification, and paint handling.     

Last year we had a wonderful time exploring favorite painting locations of painters who are drawn to the area.  Rivers, mountains, desert  and canyons,  from Ghost Ranch to the Wild Rivers part of the Carson National Forest.  You can get all the information about the workshop and accommodations below.
 LOCATION:  Taos Art School
DATES and TIME:  September 18 through 24 (9 to 4 daily)
MEDIUM:  oil
SKILL LEVEL: beginners with basic skills to intermediate
SIGN-UP NOW: contact: Ursula Beck, Founder/Director, tas@laplaza.org, 505-758-0350
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Taos Art School
http://taosartschool.org/georgia_pleinair/georgia_pleinair.htm
THE LLAZY LLANO
©Jimmy Longacre 2016
12x16 oil on canvas panel
Jimmy Longacre
subjective realist landscape paintings
MY BLOG: Paintbox & Easel
GALLERY LINKS
Fredericksburg Art Gallery Fredericksburg TX
Mustang Island Art Gallery Port Aransas TX
Capital Fine Art Gallery Austin TX

Thursday, August 18, 2016

THINK BEFORE YOU PAINT

This required a lot of editing and rearranging. I was so taken by the receding pattern of the rocky peninsulas that I started off as a slave to what I was seeing. What had looked so interesting at the outset turned out to be visual confusion. I scraped them out and replaced them with a few that I put where I wanted them for the design.

MORNING ON THE LLANO
©Jimmy Longacre 2016
12x12 oil on canvas panel

Jimmy Longacre
subjective realist landscape paintings

MY WEBSITE
MY BLOG: Paintbox & Easel






GALLERY LINKS
Fredericksburg Art Gallery Fredericksburg TX
Mustang Island Art Gallery Port Aransas TX
Capital Fine Art Gallery Austin TX